To Colonel Ralph H. Goldthwaite1
December 1, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Personal and Confidential
My dear Colonel Goldthwaite:
It is barely possible that I will get out to your establishment a day or two before Christmas, to stay there ten days or two weeks and give myself an opportunity to rest up. In all probability Mrs. Marshall will be with me, as she too is much in need of a restful period for recuperation, having, in addition to her normal burdens, broken four ribs a month ago.
I am writing you this note in order that you may make tentative reservations for us, but at the same time I do not wish anyone, I repeat, anyone, to know that there is any possibility of my visiting Hot Springs. Such publicity would defeat the entire purpose of my visit and would force me to abandon that plan. I have never been in the Hospital, but Mrs. Marshall has and I am inclined to think, judging from her description, that if you could give me a double room or two small adjoining rooms, it would be the best arrangement for our convenience.
Of course, all my plans are entirely dependent upon the international situation and the President’s desires at the time. At best, I could not give you more than a week’s notice.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Goldthwaite was commanding officer of the Army and Navy General Hospital at Hot springs National Park, Arkansas.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981– ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 688.